| Apr 22, 2014
| 2:11 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott is going on the offensive following a key Senate panel's decision Tuesday not to take up a tuition-reduction bill that would also grant discounted in-state college rates to undocumented immigrant students.
| Apr 23, 2014
| 3:21 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Inking a $75 billion spending plan for Florida government will require some last-minute trading over wetlands, springs, Everglades, lakes and other water-related hometown projects.
With legislative budget negotiators closing in on...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 7:23 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- A year after passing sweeping reforms on political lobbying and conflicts-of-interests, proposals to impose even stronger ethical requirements on politicians are languishing in the Florida Legislature.
An eclectic group of organizations,...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 5:56 AM
Florida's Tax-Credit Scholarship Program should get a "massive expansion" this year, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said just before the current legislative session began. Now bills to expand that voucher program for low-income kids ...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 5:51 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- With HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stepping down, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz is trying to measure her repalcement's interest in negotiating alternatives to the Medicaid-expansion component of the federal health-care law.
| Mar 19, 2014
| 3:19 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida House has married a top priority of Speaker Will Weatherford to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students living here with Gov. Rick Scott's election-year call to block future university tuition hikes.
| Apr 17, 2014
| 1:44 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Senate's budget chairman announced Thursday he was blocking a proposal to give in-state tuition to undocumented college students whose parents immigrated to the country illegally.
The bill, SB 1400, sponsored by Sen. Jack...
| May 2, 2014
| 5:31 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- After a half-day standoff, the Florida Legislature voted Friday to let the state's main school-voucher program expand its enrollment in exchange for more oversight of student-performance and the organization running the system.
| Mar 11, 2014
| 7:29 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Legislature passed a "Welcome Home" Tuesday aimed at reducing education costs for military veterans and efforts to help them find jobs.
Among its provisions, HB 7015, which passed the House by a 116-0 vote last week, waives...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 7:46 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Against the backdrop of a coming gubernatorial showdown, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed a measure that will cut motorist registration fees by an average of $25 and blamed his predecessor for jacking them up in the first place.
| May 2, 2014
| 9:38 AM
TALLAHASSEE – On the final day of session, the Florida Senate sent Gov. Rick Scott a plan to legalize a low-THC version of medical marijuana that could be used by cancer patients and children with degenerative seizures.
Scott has already pledged...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 6:05 AM
TALLAHASSEE – For his Blondes, Reds, or Brown Ales to make it to a pub near you, John Cheek has to pay a middle man to tap into Florida’s growing thirst for craft beer.
The founder of Orlando Brewing Co. pays a distributor to pick up his...